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House of Waterford Crystal Guided Factory Tour

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    What to Expect
    For your 1-hour tour, make your way to the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford. Tour hours fluctuate depending on what month of the year it is, so make sure to be aware of the operating hours for the day you want to do your tour.

    Once you get to the House of Waterford Crystal and are ready to go on your tour, go behind the scenes at the factory. Waterford Crystal is one of the very few companies who still practice the ancient craft of mold making, and as you go through the factory, you’ll see little has changed over the centuries.

    First up, go into the mold room, and witness blowers shape molten crystal with wooden molds and hand tools. Then, head into the blowing department where you can watch as glowing balls of crystal are put through a 1300-degree furnace. After their time in the furnace, each piece is cut, and sculpted, and engraved to perfection.

    After the tour, enjoy some time exploring the retail store. From dining tables to golf trophies, this store houses one of the world’s largest collections of Waterford Crystals. If you need a break at any time during the day, there’s also a café you can pop into for a bite to eat or a beverage (own expense).
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    Departure Point
    House of Waterford Crystal, 28 The Mall, Waterford, Ireland
    Departure Time
    4/1/2019 - 10/31/2019Monday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Tuesday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Wednesday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Thursday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Friday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Saturday:09:00 AM - 04:15 PM
    Sunday:09:30 AM - 04:15 PM
    Duration
    1h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Guided Factory Tour
    • Opulent Retail Store
    • Cafe
    • Entry/Admission - House Of Waterford Crystal
    Exclusions
    • Parking
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Parking is available at the rear of the House of Waterford Crystal, in Bolten Street Public Car park: Cost is €1 per hour
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews waterford crystal factory tour whole process glass blowing beautiful pieces wonderful tour take photos for sale long time hard work on display amazing experience ask questions tour today tour lasted about minutes mind blowing various stages
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    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    Ever wonder why Waterford crystal cost so much. Take the tour and you see the amount of labor the craftsmanship it take to create the crystal. Interesting production most operations still done by hand. They had 2 CAM machines that did simpler cuting.

    Thank 1sonnybo
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    The Waterford brand is so strong that people pay to visit to see crystal most will never buy or afford. This is a live working factory tour where artisans are observed at each of the five production stages including the firing and blowing of the...More

    Thank AfricaEddie
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The 45 minutes tour of the factory was very interesting. We saw the craftsmen at work. Also examples of prices they had made and special edition peices. It takes years to become fully qualified to work there and you can see why with the intricacies...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Liz P
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    If you book online you save 2 Euros. The receptionist told us to do it right then so we stood in the lobby and using their free wifi booked our tour. The group had about 30 people which was a few too many. Sometimes it...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank txmom1
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We participated on a guided tour at the factory . It was extremely interesting . Makes you understand why it is expensive .

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank gloria g
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    Trek497915
    23 August 2019|
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    Response from Michelle S | Reviewed this property |
    Just got on their website Google "waterfordvisitorcentre" Says tickets are open tickets. We were part of a group so not sure I have a grasp of that but the website looked helpful.
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    24 May 2019|
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    Response from Priusprof | Reviewed this property |
    We purchased our tickets on Viator's web site and seniors, as I recall, are called pensioners. Saves you a couple of bucks. You get a voucher that you trade in at the reception counter for tickets. A tour leaves every 30... More
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    23 April 2019|
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    Response from Gofer42 | Reviewed this property |
    Can't guarantee it but in all probability yes the craftsmen will be working, because without them there is very little to see and understand. Check on their website however that they are really open on the sunday you want... More
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